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Netflix’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ TV Series in Development; What We Know So Far

It has been confirmed that an “Assassin’s Creed” TV series is in the works. Despite the huge following of the franchise, its movie adaptation failed to be a box office hit or even break even in theaters last year. The upcoming show is rumored to be available on Netflix.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced last year that they have been in contact with Netflix for a possible series adaptation for one of their games. Screen Rant reports that the company’s Aymar Azaizia said in a forum that they are working on an “Assassin’s Creed” TV series.

Azaizia adds that they are taking their time with developing the “Assassin’s Creed” TV series similar to that of the movie. However, the Ubisoft employee did not specify if the rumored Netflix show will be in live-action or a CGI animation.


Netflix has been on a spree with releasing live-action comic book shows from Marvel and DC. The possibility of “Assassin’s Creed” TV show being streamed by them may be true. Furthermore, a series would do better for the franchise than a movie as it can accommodate a lot more content.

However, neither Ubisoft nor Netflix has released a formal announcement regarding the release of the “Assassin’s Creed” TV series. The show may take a while as either live-action or CGI animation will likely take some time.


On to what’s next for Ubisoft’s gaming franchise, there have been rumors of a new title called “Assassin’s Creed: Empire.” GameSpot reports that Azaizia was asked to confirm regarding a leaked image of the game to which he denied that it’s not from the franchise.

It has been speculated by fans that “Assassin’s Creed: Empire” will take place in Egypt and the game might be released soon. The outlet notes that Ubisoft has not released a new title for the franchise last year.

Are you in favor of seeing an “Assassin’s Creed” TV series on Netflix? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.



Aliens exist and they’re ‘a lot smarter’ than us: Ridley Scott

“Alien” director Ridley Scott believes aliens actually exist — and that they’re coming for us.

“I believe in superior beings,” the filmmaker said Thursday, while promoting the sixth installment in the sci-fi horror franchise, “Alien: Covenant.”

“I think it is certainly likely,” he told the Agence France-Presse. “An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.

“The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there,” Scott added. “They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now. So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it.”

The veteran director was one of the first to make space scary with 1979’s “Alien,” which became a hit with both fans and critics, spawning prequels, books, toys and video games.


His “Xenomorph” and “chestburster” aliens have terrified moviegoers for nearly four decades — wreaking havoc on the film’s main character, Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver while leaving loads of bodies in their wake.

Scott said Thursday he believes real-life extra-terrestials would also not be ones to mess with.

“They are a lot smarter than we are,” he explained. “If you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”

But Scott claimed he would have nothing to worry about.

“Nothing scares me,” he joked. “I have a 9mm (pistol).”

“Alien: Covenant” will open nationwide on May 19.


Hodor actor Kristian Nairn teases return to Game of Thrones as a White Walker

‘As a fan, I’m not sure I would love that,’ he told the Belfast Telegraph, before adding: ‘But as an actor, I would absolutely love that and it would be so much fun to play that.’

He then basically s**t on everyone’s dreams as Kristian then added he was pleased with the way his character died in the hit series and doesn’t think another ‘Jon Snow-style resurrection’ would work again.

‘But I kind of think it’s nice the way it’s left. There have been enough rebirth moments in Game of Thrones,’ he said.

Keeping us on tenterhooks he then added: ‘I’m just going to say no, but I might be lying. I can’t give anything away. I have let things slip before by accident, and I’ve learnt the hard way.’

The actor has revealed performing as a drag queen helped combat shyness while giving a ‘two-fingered’ salute to the haters.


Long before finding fame as Hodor on the HBO fantasy series, the 41-year-old openly gay actor said performing as a drag artist in Moscow helped him to come out of his shell.

‘I ended up working in the Kremlin, I actually started working as a drag artist and that changed into being a DJ. I had a lot of fun doing both,’ he told the Belfast Telegraph.

‘I was quite a shy person growing up and drag was very much a shield for me to perform behind. My drag name was Revvlon.

‘In a way for me it was a two-fingered salute to the people who said I couldn’t do that kind of thing.’

And if he could give a piece of advice to his fans, Nairn said the meaning behind his ‘two-fingered’ salute would be just that.

‘Just do what you want to do and don’t worry about what people say,’ he said.

‘Any sort of performance was always what I was really born to do.’


Hodor actor Kristian Nairn teases return to Game of Thrones as a White Walker

YouTuber faces jail time for his movie parodies, as angry studios say his videos hurt sales

A popular Taiwan-based YouTuber, famous for his movie recap videos, is facing a lawsuit against local studios, which are accusing him of copyright infringement. 

Chung Wei-ding, more famously known as AmoGood (谷阿莫), makes videos of big screen films, where he often humourously summarises their plot with quick-speaking voiceover.

He’s done parodies of local films, as well as Hollywood blockbusters like 50 Shades of Grey and Guardians of the Galaxy.

This one, in his typical style, is titled “Watch Guardians of the Galaxy in 5 minutes.”

AmoGood has over 990,000 subscribers, who often virally share his creations on social media.

But Taiwanese film studio AutoAi Design, and streaming platform KKTV, say 31-year-old infringed on the studios’ copyright.

AutoAi Design, which distributed films like Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Heroes in Taiwan, also said that AmoGood’s critiques have greatly dented its ticket sales at the box office.

Taiwanese prosecutors obtained a warrant to raid his company premises for evidence, and the YouTuber was called into a Taipei police station for questioning last week, the China Post reported.


Can you get sued for making parodies?

AmoGood’s videos are produced in a similar vein to other popular channels such as CinemaSins and Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers.

Elaina Foo, a Singapore-based associate lawyer at Holborn Law, said many of these producers typically claim fair use as a defence in most jurisdictions.

“Generally, where a YouTuber can demonstrate that his use of copyright material was ‘fair’, it would not be considered infringement, although some jurisdictions may have other requirements as well,” Foo told Mashable.

Courts generally consider several factors in determining if a work is derivative — and not an infringement. Work that is transformative, remixing the original to change or comment on its meaning, could be considered fair use.

Other instances of fair use include clips for news reporting, teaching, or research.

But AmoGood may be in a bind in Taiwan, whose media laws don’t count parodies as fair use. The territory’s courts are likely to consider other factors too, such as whether the work takes away potential sales or viewers from the original work.

Additionally, reports have speculated that AmoGood downloads the source films illegally, since he’s able to produce the parodies so quickly after their box office debut.

In a video statement, AmoGood said that his videos fulfilled the fair use defence, adding that he only used a minimal portion of the copyrighted source films.

AmoGood further asserts that YouTube is on his side, claiming that the streaming giant has confirmed over email that it isn’t taking his videos down.

Some Taiwanese filmmakers aren’t fans. A couple of them told Apple Daily that his videos were “disrespectful” to their movies.

“Each film is the brainchild of directors and producers, and this guy just took it and made fun of it,” Kevin Chu — the director of Taiwanese hits like Kung Fu Dunk — told Apple Daily. “I don’t believe that this is considered fair use. It’s disrespect.” 



Jungle Cruise Movie: Dwayne Johnson Wants Wonder Woman Director

Earlier this month, Dwayne Johnson gave a new update on his Jungle Cruise movie for Disney, revealing that he plans to start shooting that adventure in the spring of 2018. As of now, Dwayne Johnson is the only cast member attached, and there is no director attached at this time, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa writing the script. Today we have word that, while it may be some time before a director is locked down, Dwayne Johnson already has someone in mind, Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins.

The Associated Press ran a new profile on Patty Jenkins earlier today, and her road to directing Wonder Woman, which is only her second feature film after the critically-acclaimed 2003 film Monster, which earned Charlize Theron her first Oscar. Between now and then, the filmmaker had been courted to direct Thor for a period of time, and she kept busy on the small screen, directing episodes of Arrested Development, Entourage and The Killing before getting the call to direct Wonder Woman. At the end of this profile, AP spoke with Dwayne Johnson, who said he is a fan of Patty Jenkins’ work, revealing she would be perfect for his Jungle Cruise movie.

“Patty has that really cool edge. I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like Jungle Cruise. Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.”


Disney had been plotting a Jungle Cruise movie for quite some time, with the studio originally eyeing Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to star, but that incarnation of the project never came together. Dwayne Johnson boarded the project back in 2015, teasing that this project is an “edgy period movie, based on the iconic Disney World ride. The ride itself debuted at Disneyland in 1955, and was eventually brought to all of the Disney theme parks around the world. The ride itself is set in the 1920s, and it seems that the movie will keep that same setting.

The ride takes passengers on a trip down a series of major rivers from all over the world, where passengers come across wild animals, hostile natives and much more, which are portrayed through animatronic characters. No details have been given for who The Rock is playing at this time, but perhaps we’ll find out more when a director becomes involved with the project. Dwayne Johnson is currently filming his video game adaptation Rampage, which is set for release next spring. He also has Skyscraper, Doc Savage and San Andreas 2 in various stages of development. Hopefully we’ll find out more about Jungle Cruise soon as we get closer to a production start next year.


I’ve locked three Bollywood films: Priyanka Chopra

Mumbai: The press conference of Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood film ‘Baywatch’ was held amidst enough galore in the city on Wednesday.

Priyanka Chopra, who returned from the US to the city for merely five days, was quite enthralled to interact with the Indian media.

However, the main lead actor Dwayne Johnson, who couldn’t make it physically to the press conference, was virtually present there.

The conference began with his heart-warming message through a video.

He expressed his grief of not making it to India, and said that he is missing India a lot.

Dwayne, popularly known as ‘The Rock’ further joked with the Indian media, to not ask any questions to PeeCee about Zac Efron or other ladies, but only about him.

Taking charge of the press conference solely, Priyanka was asked her opinion about the  much-in-debate Akshay Kumar’s National Award win.

To which, the actress didn’t pay any heed to let the journalist even complete her question. Squashing her question, she laughingly said, “I was in America, I do not know anything.”

Priyanka was asked the most expected and obvious question about she missing Bollywood and her upcoming films, to which the actress shared her feelings saying, “I am listening to many scripts, but once I know what my schedule is, then only I can figure out when I can do a film. I can tell you for sure I have locked three films! But I can’t announce them till I know my dates. And I don’t know when I will do it, this year or next year. Actually after June, I really don’t know what I am going to do! And I definitely missed Hindi film industry. I am meeting people here also. So yes, it feels wonderful.”

When questioned about Indians or browns being welcomed warmly and accepted by Hollywood, the ever-so-humble diva replied, “You can’t be so entitled as being from Hindi film industry. We can’t say that if we are stars in India we will be stars everywhere. I am okay to walk into a room and introduce myself as,  ‘Hello, I am Priyanka Chopra. I am an Indian actor.’ There’s nothing small about it, our achievements are quite big. Of course, people didn’t know me then. I never thought they were mean except a few. But I think American press was wonderfully accepting of me. In fact, I haven’t seen them being that good to any other Indian actor. They have been loving, friendly and encouraging of me. So, I can’t say about brown skin. I can’t generalise.”


We are all aware about filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s admiration for Priyanka, hence when asked if she would be seen in his next ‘Padmavati’ in any role, she admitted, ” No! just because I am Sanjay sir’s favourite (laughs), I am joking… We have spoken about other films, but not ‘Padmavati’.”

Priyanka’s home production Marathi film ‘Ventilator’ bagged three National Awards, on which the elated diva joked that for some reason whenever she receives an honour from the Government of India, she happens to always be in New York.

Elaborating about her happiness on the win, she further added that she was very happy as this was her first film under her production house Purple Pebble Pictures.

Daddy’s little girl Priyanka said, “I made this film for my dad. The entire sequence happening outside the ICU, while my dad was on ventilator, is the story of ‘Ventilator’.”


She was asked about the difference in freedom of speech there in Hollywood, where the celebrities are in more power to criticise the authority and perhaps, the Indian celebrities here hesitate.

“It’s a cultural difference maybe. I say what I feel. I’ve always had my opinion. When I don’t want to say anything, I just don’t. Maybe controversies get…when public figures say anything there and over here they get into trouble,” she concluded.



Tom Hardy Chases Down Moped Thief, Profanely Confirms All Your Stereotypes About Tom Hardy

In a heartwarming story of good citizenship that appears to have been concocted in a laboratory to make the GQ Entertainment staff happy, British actor and noted children’s story enthusiast Tom Hardy chased down a runaway moped thief, hauled him out by the scruff of his neck until London police arrived, and described the incident in exactly the manner you expected that Tom Hardy would employ. From The Sun:

A witness in Richmond, London, told yesterday how Hardy chased the thief through gardens and across a building site—before proudly announcing: “I caught the c–t.”

Hardy, 39, told one onlooker: “This little s–t nicked something and now he’s got himself a ­broken leg.”

Apparently, two teenagers fleeing on a stolen moped abandoned their prize after crashing into a car, and Hardy sprang into action. Using language so perfectly and quintessentially British that I can’t help but wonder if I’m being trolled, witnesses described to The Sun the “mental” scene of Hardy, looking “as mad as he does on the telly,” taking off in pursuit of one of the fugitives, vaulting over a series of garden walls—”it was like an assault course,” gushed one new Tom Hardy fan for life—to catch the presumably-terrified thief and make a citizen’s arrest. One gentleman, while gesticulating wildly and pumping his fist, I imagine, raved that it was as if Hardy had “switched to superhero mode in an action movie,” and added that if the fugitive “had been dumb enough to resist,” he reckoned that “Tom would have given him a good hiding.” Even in print, you can almost hear the quavering disappointment in his voice.


If this turns out to be a viral marketing stunt for, say, the next season of Peaky Blinders, I’ll be sorely disappointed. But unless and until that detail comes out, Tom Hardy is the reigning king of movie star vigilantes, and aspiring grand larcenists would do well to stay clear of his general vicinity in the future.


Black Panther Wraps, Chadwick Boseman Shares Final Set Photo

Chadwick Boseman revealed the final photo from the set of Black Panther, with production wrapping today. The image features the actor standing alongside Lupita Nyong’o and writer-director Ryan Coogler, along with a previously-unannounced cast member, Sydelle Noel (G.L.O.W.). While the actress had not been revealed as part of the cast before, she also responded to Chadwick Boseman’s tweet, stating that they are “making history,” along with the hashtag #ThatsAWrap. While it remains to be seen who she will play, the production wrap now starts the countdown towards the first trailer, which may be coming in a few months.

While Sydelle Noel’s character has still yet to be confirmed, it’s worth noting that she participated in the Get Out Challenge video from the Black Panther set, with Daniel Kaluuya. It’s possible that she’s playing one of the Dora Miljae warriors, the elite team of all-female bodyguards who protect the king of Wakanda, and are also candidates to become the new Queen as well. It’s possible we may find out who Syndelle Noel is playing during Marvel’s Comic-Con 2017 presentation, since studio president Kevin Feige recently confirmed that the studio will have a presence at SDCC. While he wouldn’t confirm what films will be showcased there, it’s completely possible that the filmmakers can cut together a sneak peek of Black Panther in the next three months, to showcase in Hall H. Especially since they already showed off footage earlier this week at a Marvel open house in Burbank. Chadwick Boseman sent the photo out to his Twitter followers earlier this morning.

Last month, we saw a few action-packed car chase set videos from the South Korea set near Gwangan Beach, which showed Black Panther in full costume hanging onto the roof of a Lexus LC as it speeds down the street. There was no indication if that was a stunt double hanging onto the car, or if it was actually Chadwick Boseman, and no details about who was driving the car was released. It’s possible that Erik Killmonger was driving the car, but that has yet to be confirmed, but it’s possible that it could be the villain.


Black Panther started production in late January, with the full cast list confirming that John Kani, who played T’challa’s father T’chaka in Captain America: Civil War, will return, despite his character being killed in last summer’s blockbuster. No details about his return have been given, but it seems likely that there may be some flashback scenes with T’chaka that illustrate his son’s upbringing in the fictional African country of Wakanda. The cast also includes Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Dora Miljae warriors Nakia and Okoye, Martin Freeman reprising his Captain America: Civil War role as Everet Ross, Angela Bassett as T’challa’s mother Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as the statesman Zuri, Andy Serkis returning as Ulysses Klaue, Letitia Wright as Serita, who doesn’t appear in the comics, Winston Duke as M’baku, a.k.a. Man-Ape Florence Kasumba as Ayo, another member of the Dora Miljae and Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, another character who doesn’t have roots in the comics.


Ryan Coogler, who is coming off the blockbuster Creed, is directing Marvel Studios’ Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole who recently was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story. Marvel has set a February 16, 2018 release date for Black Panther, which puts it up against Warner Bros. comedy Game Night. Take a look at the final set photo from Black Panther.


Lucasfilm to Bring ‘Star Wars’ Virtual Reality Headsets to Hospitals for Kids

Young Star Wars fans in need of an adventure are going to get it with help from a new program from a galaxy far, far away.

Starlight Virtual Reality, a new VR initiative launching later this year, will put 270 VR headsets into hospitals across the country, and will feature content from the Star Wars universe, as well as from Google Expeditions, Daydream, Google Earth VR and Tilt Brush.

Star Wars: Force for Change is the founding sponsor of the program, which is receiving additional funding from Niagara Cares and VR technology powered by Google.

“We’re excited to announce the launch of Starlight VR, which we believe will be a game changer in the pediatric health care space,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re excited to have Lucasfilm and Disney, Google and Niagara Cares alongside us as we harness the power of virtual reality to bring more smiles to hospitalized kids when and where they need it most.”

The program will also provide Starlight Brave Gowns (see below), high-quality (and certainly more fun) garments for the children to wear — and it will facilitate visits from celebrities. 


“At Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB, we strive to make the impossible, possible and to deliver stories that inspire and entertain,” said Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in charge, ILMxLab. “We are honored to use our immersive storytelling to spark children’s imaginations during the hospital stay.”

The Meet BB-8 experience (image preview below) will be available at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Fla., this week and is one example of the program that will roll out.

“We’re thrilled to support this Starlight program and use our virtual reality technology for good in hospitals around the United States,” said Amit Singh, vp Virtual Reality at Google.

The new initiative comes as Star Wars stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley announced a new Force for Change fundraising campaign Tuesday that will see winners get a trip to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere, an overnight visit to Skywalker Ranch, as well as a possible walk-on role in the young Han Solo movie.

The Starlight Virtual Reality collaboration launches Wednesday at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, ahead of Star Wars Celebration beginning Thursday in the city. Hamill was onhand to visit some of the children, and shared photos afterwards as well as a touching Facebook post about one child he met, Jay Ryan Jr..

“So this just happened,Jay got to meet an absolute amazing man in a private meeting, Mark Hamill, Jay loves Star Wars and Luke Skywalker,” read a post on a Facebook page dedicated to the young man. “After Jay lost his arm he said it was ok because Luke only has one arm. He shared that story with Mr Hamill. He told Jay he was the real hero and I (Mark) am just a made up hero.”


The Final Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Bring In Han, Here’s What We Know

Justice for Han. It became a rallying cry for die-hard Fast & Furious fans following the resolution of the latest chapter, The Fate of the Furious. As the story concludes, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) reunites with his family, explaining that the presence of his infant son is the reason why he had to go rogue and help a cyber terrorist known as Cipher (Charlize Theron). But in that close-knit group of confidantes? Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the man who — just two movies ago — took out Han (Sung Kang), a former member of Dom’s crew. Was the notion of “family” expressed by Dom and his team a lie? Fast screenwriter Chris Morgan mulls that important question over in a recent interview, promising fans:

Justice for Han. I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on it down the road. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han.

The Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray, is now being positioned as the start of a new trilogy of Fast & Furious films, which would take the series through Fast 10. If you step back and ask why, the answer might be money. Fate broke records when it opened globally a few days back, and Hollywood rarely kills a cash cow.

But the interviews between the L.A. Times and key Fast & Furious members suggest that they are NOT taking the murder of Han lightly, and just as producer Neal Moritz told us that future installments will address Shaw’s role in the killing, that sentiment is echoed by Chris Morgan, who explains:

Look, I am literally the biggest Han/Sung Kang fan in the world. But I would say this. From the initial conceit of Deckard, I’ve never really thought of him as a bad guy. He was definitely against our team but he’s a guy with a code who loves his family.

Jason Statham also hears the concerns of fans. And he, too, believes that there are important details yet to tell. The action superstar tells the Times:

That whole episode has not fully detailed exactly what happened. I’m not going to say anything more than that! But [writer-producer Chris Morgan] likes to annoy the fans and please the fans and get all these angry protests. So, more to come.

And likely sooner rather than later. With The Fate of the Furious cleaning up at the box office, and the feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel on the backburner (for now), production on Fast & Furious 9 should get underway before too long. There were release dates announced for parts 9 and 10, but they have not been confirmed by the studio in some time. For more information on Upcoming 2017 Movies, head over to the link on those words.